Praxis (joint actions in response) & Dialectic Tensions
*Spiraling Alternation (most common)—alternates over time, taking turns being privileged.
*Segmentation Tied to specific activity or location; for one topic or activity different theme privileged.
*Integration: Achieving both poles (seen in some rituals)
Disqualifying: Exempting certain issues
Denial/Selection: Obscuring or subverting one side (choosing one side and denying the other)
Disorientation: Fatalism—inevitable and negative.
Reaffirmation: Acceptance of non-reconciling; positive.
Balance Compromise by only partially responding to both
Recalibration/Reframing: Transformation so there is no longer any opposition (changes expression but not underlying contradiction).
Adapted from Baxter, L. A. & Montgomery, B. M. (1997). Rethinking communication in personal relationships from a dialectical perspective. In Handbook of Personal Relationships: Theory, Research, and Interventions, 2nd ed., edited by S. Duck (NY:NY, John Wiley): 325-349.